A vast majority of patients will respond well to a clear explanation and reassurance, especially if given by an empathic clinician, but there are no trials to prove its effectiveness.
Mechanical exercises are often prescribed as it is thought that patients with pain are often reluctant to use the body part that is causing pain. Use of occlu-sal appliances is common as these are easy for dental surgeons to construct and they are more familiar with this method of treatment rather than systemic drugs. Patients with TMD pain can be divided into three treatment groups based on their response to the Graded Chronic Pain Scale: minimal contact approach (one or two sessions with or without the help of a psychologist), integrated approach (with appliances, biofeedback and stress management led by hygienist) and a structured behavioral programme (psychologist led for six sessions) .
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